Friday, October 8, 2010

Israeli Soldiers Prevent Palestinian Farmers from Harvesting their Olives

The olive Harvest in Palestine starts in early October and lasts almost two months

The olive tree is a national symbol for Palestinians. As thousands of olive trees have been bulldozed, uprooted and burned by Israeli settlers and the military – (over half a million olive and fruit trees have been destroyed since September 2000) – harvesting has become more than a source of livelihood; it has become a form of resistance.

The olive harvest is an annual affirmation of Palestinians’ historical, spiritual and economic connection to their land, and a rejection of Israeli efforts to seize it. Despite efforts by Israeli settlers and soldiers to prevent them from accessing their land, Palestinian communities remain steadfast in refusing to give up their olive harvest

International and Israeli volunteers join Palestinians each year to harvest olives, and this makes a big difference. It has proven in the past to help limit and decrease the number and severity of attacks and harassment. The presence of activists can reduce the risk of extreme violence from Israeli settlers and the Israeli army and supports Palestinians’ assertion of their right to earn their livelihood. International solidarity activists engage in non-violent intervention and documentation and this practical support enables many families to pick their olives. In addition The Olive Harvest Campaign also provides a wonderful opportunity to spend time with Palestinian families in their olive groves and homes.

Olive harvest:

"stellanagm | October 07, 2010

Every day thousands of Palestinian farmers are unjustly prevented from farming their lands. Why? Israel wants to make life as hard as possible for Palestinians because it is trying to drive them out of Palestine.Ethnic cleansing in other words. What can we do about it?

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